Since UA's founding in 1870, the University has committed to be in partnership with our sponsoring community, region and beyond as part of our mission of teaching, learning scholarship and service. The University has pursued a reciprocal atmosphere of engagement that brings together intellectual, cultural, economic, social, political and physical interests for a common purpose while transforming people and institutions for the better.
The University of Akron arose from the needs of our community and region and over the past 135 years it has had a symbiotic relationship with our northeast Ohio region. In 1913, in the midst of the rubber boom, The University of Akron played a major role in producing the intellectual capital and innovation which fueled this growing industry. In the 1970s and 1980s, with the decline of the rubber industry, The University of Akron helped transform Akron's industrial base into a diversified and globally competitive leader in polymers. Today, we are helping to transform the region once again with advanced materials and biotechnology and healthcare.
As a culture, the University of Akron community is one of innovation and continual improvement. In the spring of 2008, UA was invited by the Carnegie Foundation to apply for the Foundation's elective Engagement Classification and we embarked upon this opportunity with enthusiasm. The Carnegie Foundation application process provides UA with a mechanism to study, evaluate, and assess its progress with continuous improvement and community engagement. The application process allows the University to reflect upon its engagement strengths as well as areas of needed improvement as we measured our practices against national standards and best practices.
We invite you to review the Carnegie application materials on this page to understand our definition of engagement and the important role it plays in our institutional identity.